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By Marco Masseti

The atlas provides the present nation of information of the earlier and current distribution of the non-flying terrestrial mammals of the Ionian and Aegean islands. It offers a distribution map for every species with broad references and an outline of all of the mammalian taxa. The publication additionally makes a speciality of the $64000 function of people within the redefinition of the insular ecological equilibrium, in addition to at the environmental impression of organic invasions. The research of this fauna promises a chance for checking out a variety of diversified evolutionary theories.

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Northern white-breasted hedgehogs have been introduced also on the island of Aghios Efstratios around 1986 (Niki Kardakari, in verbis). Ristow (2000, in litteris) confirmed their occurrence on Naxos. I have personally observed these hedgehogs on Zakynthos, Skyros, Euboea, Milos, Ios, Alonissos, Crete, Rhodes, Tilos, Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Chios, Samos, Lesbos, and Thasos. They are also possibly present on Antiparos, but there is no recent or reliable confirmation. Their introduction on Santorini (Thera) must have occurred after the end of the 19th century, since Douglas [275] did not mention the species on the island.

Fig. 13: The first upper right molar (M1) belonging to an advanced Hippopotamus antiquus Desmarest, 1822, from the island of Kalymnos. Courtesy of Toula Marketou, 22nd Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, Rhodes. 5 The disappearance of the endemics. Holocene relics of a vanished world The situation of the insular endemics changed drastically around the end of the Pleistocene/Holocene, the most significant cases of extinction over the past few thousand years having been those of the insular species [212].

21). 1 The island of Tilos in the Dodecanese: a case stud Fig. 20: The ideal reconstruction of the extinct Tilian elephant, compared to the detail of the wall-paintings of the 18th Egyptian Dynasty tomb of Rekh-mi-Re¯ at Thebes, which show a small-sized elephant borne by the Syrian tributaries. Drawings by Alessando Mangione and Marco Masseti. Fig. 21: Elephant tusks of supposed Syrian origin displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Herakleion, Crete. Photo by Marco Masseti, courtesy of the Archaeological Museum of Herakleion.

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